Training for hospice volunteers to begin |

Training for hospice volunteers to begin

Grass Valley, CA – Searching for something meaningful to do with a few hours a week? Become a hospice volunteer. Beginning April 18, Hospice of the Foothills begins their annual 4-day training program, which prepares volunteers to work with patients, their families and their caregivers.

Training takes place from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18, Thursday, April 20, Tuesday April 25, and Thursday April 27. To register or for more information, please call the Volunteer Coordinator: Janis Lewis at 272-5739.

Topics covered in the training include the history and philosophy of hospice care, duties and responsibilities of the hospice volunteer, effective listening and communication skills, family dynamics and maintaining boundaries, psychosocial aspects of the dying process, hospice from the nurse’s perspective, patient care, comfort measures and ethics, death, spirituality and related issues, and understanding grief and the bereavement process.

Hairdressers, beauticians, and massage therapists are a vital and welcome component of the hospice volunteer team. Some volunteers also help family members through the grieving process.

Since it was founded in 1979, Hospice of the Foothills has been the only hospice providing care to patients and families in Western Nevada County. At Hospice of the Foothills the dedicated staff of trained professionals and volunteers work together as a team to bring quality, end-of-life care to their patients.

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